Multiple reports popped up about some Gmail users facing error messages, with a few being unable to access their email accounts entirely. Reports on Twitter and other tech forums seem to indicate that this issue is being faced by users worldwide.
On investigation, Google has deemed this problem a “service disruption” as opposed to an “outage”, with apparently less than 2% of the users worldwide affected. Of course, less than 2% still means about 7 million poor souls. According to Google, the service disruption occurred at 9:42 AM PT. In an update on Twitter, Google mentions that “the Google Mail Service should be back for some of you already, and will be back for everyone soon.”
There is no information on what caused this service disruption or when the mail service will be back online for everyone. But, it seems like Google is on top of things and everything will be back to normal shortly.
I haven’t personally faced any issues with my Gmail service yet, so I’m not a part of the unlucky 2%. But if you are, let us know your experience and if/when your service gets restored.